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Portugal U21 vs Italy U21 Predictions & Tips - Portugal backed to win U21 Euro quarter-final
- Portugal U21 vs Italy U21 predictions for Monday’s U21 Euro quarter-final
- The match is being played at 8pm BST at Stadion Stozice
- Portugal have won their last 10 matches
- I am backing Portugal to win in Ljubljana
- Preview, predictions, stats, squads & team news
Portugal U21 have won their last 10 matches (Getty Images)
Portugal U21 vs Italy U21 Predictions
Italy limped through the group stage and Portugal have won their last 10 matches. I am backing Portugal to win and reach the semi-finals.
- Portugal U21 have won their last 10 matches (UEFA U21 European Championship).
- Portugal U21 have won to nil in their last 3 matches (UEFA U21 European Championship).
- Italy U21 have drawn 2 of their last 3 matches (UEFA U21 European Championship).
Head to Head
Italy U21 have a 10-4 advantage against Portugal U21 in 16 matches.
They last met in a friendly in 2018 with Portugal winning 3-2 in Estoril.
Portugal U21 Form
Portugal won nine of 10 matches in the qualification campaign, winning their last seven including 2-1 against Netherlands in their final outing.
Rui Jorge’s side won all three matches in the group stage without conceding a goal.
Portugal beat Croatia 1-0, England 2-0 and Switzerland 3-0. Barcelona winger Trincão scored two goals.
Portugal U21 Squad & Team News
Goalkeepers: Diogo Costa, João Virgínia, Luís Maximiano
Defenders: Diogo Leite, Diogo Queirós, Diogo Dalot, Pedro Pereira, Thierry Correia, Tiago Djaló, Tomás Tavares
Midfielders: Daniel Bragança, Fábio Vieira, Florentino Luís, Gedson Fernandes, Romário Baró, Vítor Ferreira
Forwards: Dany Mota, Trincão, Francisco Conceição, Gonçalo Ramos, Jota, Rafael Leão, Tiago Tomás
Romário Baró replaces Pedro Gonçalves who was called up to the senior side.
Jota and Rafael Leão are back in the squad with João Mário and Filipe Soares making way.
Italy U21 Form
Italy U21 won eight qualifying matches with one draw and a defeat, finishing top of Group 1. They scored 27 goals with five conceded.
Paolo Nicolato’s side drew 1-1 against Czech Republic and 0-0 against Spain in their opening two group games.
Italy beat Slovenia 4-0 in their final match to progress to the quarter-finals. Goals to Giulio Maggiore and Giacomo Raspadori established a 2-0 lead with Patrick Cutrone bagging a brace.
Italy U21 Squad & Team News
Goalkeepers: Marco Carnesecchi, Alessandro Plizzari, Michele Cerofolini
Defenders: Enrico Del Prato, Marco Sala, Luca Ranieri, Raoul Bellanova, Matteo Lovato, Alessandro Vogliacco, Gabriele Zappa, Lorenzo Pirola, Pietro Beruatto
Midfielders: Davide Frattesi, Giulio Maggiore, Tommaso Pobega, Youssef Maleh, Nicolò Rovella, Samuele Ricci
Forwards: Patrick Cutrone, Gianluca Scamacca, Riccardo Sottil, Andrea Pinamonti, Giacomo Raspadori
Defender Riccardo Marchizza and midfielder Sandro Tonali miss out.
Italy have plenty of options up front with Patrick Cutrone and Giacomo Raspadori expected to start up front ahead of Gianluca Scamacca and Andrea Pinamonti.